4th annual Southern Indiana Classic benefiting great cause - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Runners from near and far race for Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder, a group known for paying tribute to fallen soldiers, is benefiting from an event held on Saturday in Evansville.

The 4th annual Southern Indiana Classic Marathon was held at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairgrounds.  Those 14 News talked with are glad to have fun and support a good cause.

"They take care of what we've got and what we are," said Adam Keister, a co-race director.

Keister says he and his co-director are both former members of the military. Keister calls it 'touching' to be able to donate race proceeds to the POW MIA group, Rolling Thunder.

"Rolling Thunder is a huge part of what we do, from traffic control to just helping organize," Keister said. 

Southern Indiana Classic participants can take part in a full marathon, half marathon or 8K race through Vanderburgh County.

"Beautiful course, nice people out there," participant Karen Austin said.

Franklin, Tennessee resident Karen Austin tells 14 News she's been running for the past 38 years. She says her family traveled to Evansville for the race and are headed to another race in St. Louis on Sunday. But Austin's not the only one who traveled.

Keister says Saturday's race-goers represented 11 countries and 31 states.

"Germany, Kenya, Japan," Keister said.

"I like the smaller races. It was convenient, you know, a couple hours from home," Austin said.

"Not only do we want people to come here, but we want Evansville people to also travel to California, North Carolina and the Dakotas, and see what else this country has to offer," Keister said.

Austin says she's happy her participation in the marathon also helps out Rolling Thunder.

"It brings us all here," Austin said. 

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